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Gulf Crab Fishery in Disarray

To say this year’s snow crab fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been a challenging one, would be an understatement. The 2018 season was delayed in opening by the presence of heavy ice in the bays and ports of the region. And once the fishery finally opened, catch rates were much lower than last year. However, the biggest disruption to the valuable fishery was the closure of crab fishing areas due to the arrival of right whales in the Gulf. At least 18 North Atlantic right whales ...

Partnership Seeks MSC Certification for Turbot Fishery

Four industry associations recently announced that Acoura Fisheries will be conducting an assessment of the NAFO areas 0A, 0B and 2+3KLMNO Canadian Greenland halibut (turbot) trawl and gillnet fishery against the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fisheries. A MSC certificate will further demonstrate the commitment of Canadian industry to fisheries sustainability. “Representing the largest share of turbot allocations in Canadian waters, the Nunavut Fisheries ...

Marketing Strategy and Access Issues on Lobster Council’s Radar

The Lobster Council of Canada (LCC) is hoping to tap into the Atlantic Fisheries Fund (AFF) for funding under the marketing section of the Canadian Fish and Seafood Program component to support a revamped marketing strategy. “We expect an announcement about the Canadian Fish and Seafood Program soon at which time we will be submitting a proposal summary and expect to be asked to submit a formal proposal for marketing Canadian lobster to the world,” said Geoff Irvine executive director of ...

Another Lobster Season in the Books

(Above) Lobster fishermen Adrian Comeau (right) and Jason LeBlanc offload lobster traps from the Ella & Jace at the wharf in Meteghan, Digby County, in the final days of the LFA 34 season. Kathy Johnson photos Harsh Weather Had Major Impact on Southwest Nova Fishery The pots are now ashore in lobster fishing areas (LFA) 33 and 34. This marks the end of a season where the weather has hampered fishing efforts, including a one-day delay in the scheduled season opening of November ...

New Management Measures for Atlantic Mackerel

New management measures for Atlantic mackerel being introduced across the Maritime Region by the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) this year include dockside monitoring and a limit on handlines. “DFO will be requiring 25 per cent dockside monitoring coverage for landings in the vessel-based mackerel fisheries (gillnet and handline) and the trap net fisheries,” states a notice to fish harvesters dated April 13. “The landings from these two fisheries accounted ...

Future of FISH-NL Now in Question

After a wait of nearly 16 months, the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board finally released a much-anticipated report into the quest of The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) to trigger a certification vote with the aim of representing inshore fish harvesters. However, the report’s findings might not have been the result FISH-NL was hoping for. Submitted to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30, 2016, FISH-NL’s application for ...

N.L. Inshore Northern Shrimp Quota Continues to Shrink

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) recently announced a 16 per cent cut to the inshore Northern shrimp quota in fishing area 6 — meaning the total allowable catch for SFA 6 went from 10,700 tonnes in 2017 to 8,730 tonnes in 2018. DFO said the reduction was needed to achieve a 10 per cent exploitation rate. The cuts in SFA 6 have been dramatic over the last few years. Last year the total allowable catch (TAC) was cut by 63 per cent — from 27,825 tonnes in 2016 to 10,400 ...

Salt Water in His Veins

P.E.I. Bids Farewell to Fishing Industry Icon, The Bearded Skipper There is an old saying that goes something like, “if you looked up (insert adjective) in the dictionary you would see a picture of (insert proper noun).” It’s a roundabout way of saying that two things have become synonymous with each other. Well, this being the 21st century and the internet having replaced most dictionaries, go ahead and Google, “P.E.I. lobster fisherman.” You will see Norman Peters’ whiske...

Northern Cod Recovery Stalls

DFO Reports 29 Per Cent Single-Year Decline in 2J3KL Cod Spawning Stock Biomass The return of a viable commercial cod fishery in the waters off eastern Newfoundland appears to have suffered a setback. At a recent technical assessment, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released its 2018 science assessment for 2J3KL cod, also known as Northern cod and announced a 29 per cent single-year decline in spawning stock biomass. A one-year projection shows a high probability of continued ...

2018 N.L. Snow Crab Quota Cut 17 Per Cent

Fish Price Setting Panel Chooses Producers’ Offer of $4.55/Pound In the wake of recent positive news that the fishable snow crab biomass off Newfoundland (NAFO areas 2HJ3KLNOP4R) had shown some small signs of improvement and should be on par with 2016 stock numbers, many were surprised when it was announced the overall 2018 quota would be cut by 17 per cent. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) reduced the snow crab total allowable catch (TAC) for Newfoundland and Labrador Region ...